Information about healthcare professionals and colleges, California shortage areas, and OSHPD programs to improve access to care.

Workforce Data Programs

Healthcare Workforce Clearinghouse

The Clearinghouse serves as the central source for collection, analysis, and distribution of information on the healthcare workforce employment and educational data trends for the state.

Health Profession Shortage Data

OSHPD reviews California’s counties Medical Service Study Areas (MSSAs) to assess population density, provider-to-population ratios, poverty levels, and public health indicators for eligibility to receive federal assistance for health care through federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA). The federally designated Medical Service Study Areas (MSSAs) are utilized by HWDD programs to determine funding through analysis of sites in underserved areas.


Key Datasets

Health Professions Education Foundation Awardees

Health Professions Education Foundation loan repayment awardees by program, gender, awardee count, and year.

Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) – Census Detail

This dataset contains the Medical Service Study Areas (MSSA), at the census tract level, designated as Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas in California.

Health Professional Shortage Area Primary Care

Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) The federal HPSA designation identifies areas as having a shortage of health care providers on the basis of availability of primary care physicians.

Health Professional Shortage Area Mental Health

Mental Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area (MHPSA) The federal HPSA designation (formerly Health Manpower Shortage Areas) identifies areas as having a shortage of mental health professionals.


Medical Services Study Area (MSSA)

This dataset contains California’s Medical Service Study Areas (MSSA), at the census tract level. MSSAs are sub-city and sub-county geographical units used to organize and display population, demographic and physician data.

MSSA Maps